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Working to Improve Motorcycle Safety

Pasadena Police Department MottoPolice to increase enforcement aimed at dangerous riders and careless motorists  

The Pasadena Police Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in an effort to continue lowering deaths and injuries. Additional officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers are looking for drivers and riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclists as well as other vehicle drivers that can lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.

While motorcycle fatalities had been on the rise in California, increasing 175% in the last decade, from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, the trend has changed. In 2009, California experienced a 29.6 percent reduction with 394 motorcyclists killed, and preliminary 2010 numbers indicate another 10 percent drop to 353 motorcyclists killed.

The Pasadena Police Department had no fatalities in 2011 involving a motorcyclist, and none so far this year.

Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For More Information:
Lt. Randell Taylor (626) 744-7159
Watch Commander (626) 744-4620

Posted: 6/22/2012 12:40:00 PM